Royal Ascot 2023 revellers worse for wear as day 1 comes to a close

Last orders! Ascot revellers look worse for wear as they ditch their heels and stock up on snacks after a day of boozing

  • The first day of Royal Ascot 2023 came to a close after hours of partying 
  • READ MORE: Hats off to the races! Zara Tindall leads the glamour alongside Una Healy and Charlotte Hawkins as glamorous racegoers don VERY big fascinators and high heels for the first day of Royal Ascot 

Ascot revellers looked a little worse for wear as the first day of the racing festival wrapped up last night – while for some, the party was just getting started.

Racegoers dressed in all their finery were spotted stocking up on evening snacks, taking some time out with a cigarette and having a little lie-down on the pavement.

However for some, the party looked set to go on all night as they were spotted carrying drinks as the sun set on the Berkshire racecourse.

Some well-dressed ladies among the stylish guests were spotted taking a stoop on the kerb to change out of their heels and into their flat shoes before making the journey back home.

And for one reveller, the walk back home was a little too much to bear – so her strapping pal instead hurled her over his shoulders.

A long day comes to an end: This young woman, who perhaps couldn’t face the journey home barefoot was carried out of the racecourse on Day One of Royal Ascot

The exhausted revellers made their way home after a thrilling first day of Royal Ascot 2023, where racegoers put their best feet forward in stunning outfits to enjoy the day.

And the festival was given the royal touch as members of the royal family arrived and took part in a procession in King Charles’s first as Monarch.

Royal family members spotted at the Berkshire racecourse included racing-mad Princess Anne and Zara Tindall, Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and King Charles and Queen Camilla.

As part of this year’s festival, organisers paid tribute to Ascot’s ‘biggest fan’, Her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, who passed away last September. 

After developing a love and passion for horse racing throughout her 70-year reign, the late monarch only missed one Royal Ascot event in seven decades, which was last year.

This young woman, who had taken off her heels at the end of the day, appeared to be somewhat overwhelmed by the day’s festivities

Stocking up! This gentleman, who had added a fetching fascinator to his outfit at some point during the day, thought ahead on his way home and picked up some crisps for the journey

This young reveller, sporting a stylish white ruffled fascinator, took a final sip from a bottle of what appeared to be tonic water

Just a little pit-stop… this reveller laid down on the pavement and took off her headband while she enjoyed a cigarette

Home-time! These stylish revellers still looked glamorous as they exited the racecourse on their way home, although the boys’ ties had come loose

This woman took a rest on the kerb as she sat in her zebra-print flat shoes, while her discarded heels were beside her

This woman, who sported a chic pink midi dress with a frilled hem and jazzy mule heels, appeared exhausted as she left the course

A sweet moment was captured as two revellers put their arms around each other and headed home

Another round please! This racegoer gestured towards her empty glass, perhaps suggesting she’d like another, as the sun set on day one of the races

Drink up! This reveller finished her mini bottle of prosecco as the fun and festivities of day one came to a close

This year, Royal Ascot has paid tribute via renaming a race in the late Queen’s honour. The Platinum Jubilee Stakes, a six-furlong sprint which is staged on the Saturday of Ascot’s five day meeting, will from now on be known as the Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Stakes.

Queen Elizabeth II had 24 winners in total, having been a keen racehorse owner, with her final triumph coming by way of Tactical in the Windsor Castle Stakes three years ago.

Choir Boy raced home as her first ever winner during the 1953 Royal Hunt Cup, which occurred during the same week of Her Late Majesty’s coronation at Westminster Abbey.

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